Re: Clutch problem. New Build
The lever takes alot more pressure to disengage the clutch than you think. When you swing it inwards towards the carburetor and it stops it has just contacted the bucking bar (that 1" shaft you spoke of, there is also a single ball bearing up inside the hollow shaft behind that bucking bar).
Now push it in with all your might and you will be pushing against the strength of the clutch spring. Alot of folks find it easier to slip a piece of snug fitting pipe over the end of the release arm to afford better leverage.
In this thread, the animated pictures no longer work, but the still pictures can give you an idea of what all is inside it.
Ha! 2door, you posted while I was trying to find the animated pictures...
"It's a chinagirl. It's a sometimes fun little engine that often will break your heart. It's disposable.
Does not come with a fortune cookie."